Finau says he wants to be a Wildcat

It's no secret the El Camino football squad is loaded with talent this year and even though his linemates have gotten more publicity, the workhorse up front for the Warriors is DT John Finau (6-1, 295). Finau got his first off last week from Kansas State and on Monday he became the 10th Elco football player to make his pledge to a four-year school.

"I called the coaches about 4:30 today and committed," an excited Finau told "They were really excited and I had a really good talk with their head coach and my line coach -- coach (Mo) Latimore.

"Coach (Ron) Prince is a really good coach and we talked for a while about why they liked me and what he saw in me to offer me. Coach Latimore basically said I could come in and play pretty quickly because of my skills and that was good to hear too."

Finau prepped at Dominguez High School in Los Angeles and didn't qualify so he headed to El Camino because of their ability to get guys moved on. Because he's had academic struggles before, that was a big reason Finau says he chose to commit to Kansas State.

"After doing some research, I found out that a lot of their guys did really well in the classroom and that the coaches really cared about them succeeding in that area too," Finau said. "They also have a really good program and as far as playing time, that was really important to me too and I have a chance to go in there and play pretty early."

Finau chose Kansas State, which was his only offer, over interest from Utah, BYU, Iowa State, San Jose State and Boise State and he added that it doesn't matter who offers him in the future because his heart belongs in Manhattan, Kansas.

"They have faith in me and my abilities," Finau said. "I know I made the right choice and I'm excited about being a Wildcat."

Finau will graduate with his AA degree in May of 2008 and will have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

He posted solid stats from his nose tackle position in 2006 including 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, one interception and seven quarterback hurries.

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